Verdu: I proposed a new deal

Espanyol midfielder Joan Verdu has revealed that it was he, not the club, who proposed a contract renewal.

The 30-year-old's current deal ends in June, with some media outlets reporting that Atletico Madrid were interested in the vice-captain's services.

But the player has admitted that he went to the Periquitos to discuss a new deal, not the other way round.

“I was the one who proposed a renewed offer,” he told reporters. “I was not sent anything from the club.

“But we have been addressing this issue for a long time.

“We have been talking – the club have never refused to talk to me.

“I want to stay here, I have always said that.”

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